Expanding mining operations at Etoile to meet global green energy demands
The global battery revolution and transition to green energy continues to spur the demand for cobalt and copper. Chemaf is capitalising on these growth opportunities by expanding its mining and processing capacities.
The brownfield Etoile Phase II project will process the mixed and sulphide ore from the Etoile Mine. Chemaf has engaged the services of reputable Chinese engineering firm BGRIMM as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner for this project.
Due to be commissioned in Q3 2023, the Etoile II Project will extend the Life-of-Mine of Etoile up to nine years by upgrading the processing plant to treat sulphide and mixed ore. It represents an investment of approximately $160 million.
Etoile Phase II Mine
Lubumbashi, Katanga, DRC
Copper cathode and intermediate cobalt hydroxide
Life of mine:
Etoile Phase II Mixed and Sulphide Ore Reserves of 11.44 million tonnes with TCu 2.2 % and TCo 0.31%; Etoile Phase II contains 250,620 tonnes of copper and 35,801 tonnes cobalt; and Etoile Phase II Life of mine extends up to 8 years of mining, withprocessing of around 10 years.
Etoile Plant Phase II
Copper cathode and cobalt hydroxide concentrate
5,000-tpd flotation plant and 400-tpd roasting plant. Designed to produce 25,000 tpa copper cathodes and 4,000 tpa cobalt hydroxide